Independent assurance

Ensuring confidence in our processes

An independent review of our sustainability reporting is an important element of helping stakeholders place trust in our processes and in what we report and supports our commitment to openness and transparency.

In 2017, we continued to engage Ernst & Young LLP to provide limited assurance of selected sustainability data. In addition, building on our long history of open engagement with our stakeholders, this is the second year we invited our Independent Stakeholder Panel, formed of key opinion leaders, to offer comment on the materiality of our Sustainability Report 2017 and a collective opinion on BAT’s performance.

The Stakeholder Panel members are:

  • Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics  (Panel chair) – an education charity whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.
  • Scott Ballin, Health Policy Adviser – Scott has spent more than 40 years involved in issues related to tobacco and health and is a key opinion leader on tobacco harm reduction.
  • Prof John Boardman , Emeritus Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford – John has published over 150 papers primarily focused on soil management and land degradation.
  • Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Senior VP of Business for Social Responsibility  – a global non-profit organisation that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world.

We also provide a response to the Panel’s statement as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.

The independent statements from Ernst & Young and the Stakeholder Panel, as well as our response to the Panel’s statement can viewed at our Sustainability Performance Centre  and in the PDF below.

Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2017 (717 kb) 

Previous independent assurance statements

Download the independent assurance statements for our previous reports as print-friendly PDFs:

Sustainability Report

Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2016 (523 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2015 (422 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2015 (373 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2014 (90 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2014 (106 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2013 (331 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2013 (252 kb) 

Focus Reports

Independent assurance statement for Harm reduction Focus Report 2014 (186 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainable farmers’ livelihoods Focus Report 2014 (229 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Integrity Report 2013 (68 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Harm Reduction Report 2013 (68 kb) 

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